Internship opportunity for final year PhD/MSc students at Toyota (Brussels): technical trend analysis of FC and electric vehicles

Toyota Motor Europe Jobsite

Ref 109288
Location Zaventem
Function R&D
Job Type Students

109288 Internship R&D Technical Trend Analysis: Green Society

Company general information

TOYOTA is one of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers and a leading global corporation.  Founded in 1937. Toyota now sells vehicles in 170 countries and employs over 300.000 people.

Based in Brussels, Belgium, and staffed by 2.700 people and more than 60 nationalities, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) handles the wholesale marketing of Toyota and Lexus vehicles, parts & accessories, and manages Toyota’s European R&D, manufacturing and engineering operations.

Team/division description

Toyota Motor Europe is responsible for the planning, development, production and sales of cars matching European market requirements. The Technology Trends Analysis Division supports the R&D, Sales and Corporate Planning Divisions with the mission to align Toyota business with both the Future Energy needs and the Climate Change situation. In order for Toyota to contribute to the Global Society, the Technology Trends Analysis Division gathers, analyses and predicts major movements in the fields of Energy (technical breakthroughs, policies, market needs,…), Mobility (customers, cities, …) and Standardisation. The Energy Research Group also supports the implementation of innovative technologies  that use new energy carriers.

Project Description

Recently Toyota launched the Toyota Mirai, the much anticipated Fuel Cell Vehicle running on pure hydrogen as the ultimate solution towards zero-emissions mobility. In addition, Toyota remains committed to electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHV). To enable the introduction of the Mirai as well as to accelerate the wider adoption of electrified powertrains like the Prius PHV, additional technological improvement and novel, out-of-the-box approaches are required. Such approaches would take into account future societal needs, energy security as well as future energy production and distribution models. The co-evaluation of these parameters in order to provide a clear, well documented strategic direction for the company’s future technological decisions is very essential.

The successful candidate will be involved in the following activities:
1. Produce information material about the current and future energy and automotive trends in Europe.
2. Analyse energy market movements and identify potential opportunities for the automotive market.
3. Contribute to the group’s activities targeting the accelerated EV/PHEV/FCV integration into society via:
 Investigation of cost effective green hydrogen production methods.
 Investigation of the batteries technology and trends evolution in the coming 10 years.

Your profile

• Student in last year of study (can be either MSc or PhD), mechanical, electrical or chemical engineering.
• Good knowledge and high interest in both the energy and the automotive field.
• Team player but also able to work in an independent way, hands-on mentality, sense of communication.
• Highly competent in the use of  Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
• Fluent in English; any other European language (French,  German…) is a plus.

Additional information
Place of employment: Belgium – Brussels (Evere & Zaventem) : Toyota Motor Europe,  Head Office  & Technical Centre
Starting date: June 2016
Duration: Minimum 6 months. Expected 12 months.
Confidentiality: Due to business requirement, not all performed projects can be reflected in the internship report. This issue needs to be discussed with candidate/school in advance.
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